Best Audio Playback Program?

By korrupt ยท 6 replies
Apr 18, 2007
  1. I'm looking for an audio playback program that is very "subtle" I want it to be on top of all windows, but only as a very small thing... Something perhaps that minimizes to the task bar, and by holding cursor over it, you can select simple operations... Something similar to the battery meter in vista...

    Another question, what is your favorite audio playback program, and why?


  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Apollo (not Apollo Player).

    Also, pretty much every skinnable media player has some "tiny" skins. And pretty much all of them support running in the system tray.
  3. zenith_bd

    zenith_bd TS Rookie

    I don't know about the ability to minimize, but Creative MediaSource 5 has the best audio quality of any player i have come across - it's not as convenient as Apollo in size or easiness to download, but it has a bit better audio quality, plays almost all media (including video) and has a great library/MP3 player linkup support.
  4. matt2971

    matt2971 TS Rookie Posts: 28

    I use Foobar. packed full of advanced features, but minimalist in design. Sound quality's great too, though originally i went for it because you can have as many tabbed playlists open as you like at one time.

    Not sure if you can skin it with something that will make it tiny like you want though. Personally I use AMIP for Foobar to display each song playing in the currently opened window's title bar, and keyboard shortcuts that work without having to have the application in focus to move around tracks, so I never see more than a system tray icon unless I want to pick specific tracks.
  5. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

    jetaudio does exactly what you describe. It's free. It will display track title and other info transparently over the screen or horizontally just above the task bar or various other ways.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Winamp is small. And you can have simple track commands (play pause stop skip) all appear in the system tray.
  7. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Well, I prefer the basic WMP, but Winamp is my second choice.
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